The Transport Strategy is the foundation on which we are planning the strategic development of the region’s transport system. Ensuring its policies are implemented will be key to its success.
Ultimately, delivery of specific proposals will remain the responsibility of individual infrastructure owners and service providers. Implementation at the regional level complements and builds upon their role, providing added value in three ways:
- Strategic influence – ensuring the regional voice shapes the development of national investment programmes, overseen by the Government and delivered by Network Rail, East West Railway Company and Highways England
- Co-ordination – providing the mechanism for developing and implementing solutions which offer most benefit at a regional scale
- Accelerating delivery – helping to ensure that schemes and initiatives which cross local authority boundaries are delivered efficiently and that the benefits for our communities and businesses are realised as soon as possible.
The Transport Strategy's investment pipeline establishes the need for investment in order to support the delivery of planned growth. Realising that growth will in turn be dependent upon securing the funding and/or finance to enable the region’s investment priorities to be developed and then delivered.
A combination of public and private sector funding will be required, as will a mixture of capital and revenue investment.
Updated February 2021
We continue to work with Government and its agencies to ensure the region's needs are reflected in national programmes, including those delivered by Highways England, Network Rail and East West Rail Company.
Spending Review 2021
As a net contributor to the Exchequer, investment in infrastructure to support and accelerate the region’s economic recovery, and support the delivery of planned growth, will be fundamental to support the UK economy as a whole.
Notwithstanding the identification of the region as a national economic priority we cannot assume that the case for strategic investments has necessarily been made and the funding secured.
It is clear that the forthcoming Spending Review will be particularly tough. We will use the Transport Strategy – and its underpinning evidence base – to make the strongest possible case for the investment required to enable delivery in the short to medium term to be accelerated.
Our Spending Review submission will take a three-pronged approach:
- To secure the funding required to support partners in accelerating the delivery of known priorities
- To secure the funding required to develop schemes identified in the Investment Pipeline to make them ‘oven ready’
- To secure the funding to increase regional capacity and capability in support of partners developing and delivering investment priorities
For more information see our Forum paper: Agenda Item 4 Spending Review Preparation 05022021.pdf
Evidence base and Technical Studies
On behalf of our partners we maintain a regional evidence base that enables a consistent approach to the identification of investment needs. Our work programme of technical studies progresses our understanding of the opportunities to improve connectivity in the region.
Our programme of connectivity studies forms a key part of the strategy’s implementation. They will ensure that regional priorities inform and shape the future development of strategic infrastructure networks that are the subject of cyclical reviews. Solutions will be fed into the region’s investment pipeline for subsequent development and delivery.
Consultation responses and correspondence
EEH continues to respond to national inquiries and consultations, ensuring the region's voice and requirements are heard by decision-makers.
EEH continues to support local authorities in the development of their plans and proposals. Support can range from enabling access to the regional evidence base, to providing technical advice on strategic transport choices.
Centre of Excellence
EEH is establishing a ‘centre of excellence’ which will act as a regional resource, providing our partners with access to specialist skills and support required during scheme development and addressing the 'pinch-points' which currently exist.
Access to this resource will support our partners realise efficiencies that will help accelerate the delivery of investment and reduce costs.